The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism, may soon be recognized as an official religion in Poland after a court overturned a 2013 ruling against it.
“Judge Wlodzimierz Kowalczyk said that Tuesday’s ruling was taken on formal grounds, as the ministry [of administration]had not given the applicants a two-month extension to submit outstanding documents,” Polskie Radio reported.
Kowalczyk said the ministry “had not even indicated that there were such shortcomings” in the original application. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has essentially been cleared to apply to be registered as an official religion.
Pastafarian supporters are said to have gathered outside the court on Tuesday in celebration, chanting “pasta.”
Pastafarianism is described in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster book by author Bobby Henderson in 2006. Henderson, a physics student, initially brought up the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” while criticizing the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to teach intelligent design in biology classes in 2005.